Infant Deaths Increase in Central Oregon - 05-23


BEND, OR -- Local health care providers and county public health officials are working together to raise awareness of a disturbing trend: a rise in sleep-related infant deaths. Dr. Logan Thomas Clausen is the Chief Medical Officer for Central Oregon Pediatric Associates (COPA). She says an upcoming social media campaign is in response to a new regional report, "We saw 14 children in Deschutes County die of suffocation or strangulation while sleeping; and five of these deaths alone occurred in 2016. That’s compared to one in 2012." She adds, "We do know what puts babies at high risk for having sleep-related death: sleeping on a soft surface, having any second-hand smoke exposure or sleeping on your stomach."